Florida Republicans recently to preserve . That such a statement should be written to describe current events—not merely actions condemned to the dustbin of history—is harrowing but, sadly, far from surprising. The year is 2019, not 1950, but the fight over who can participate in our democracy is still our nation’s defining political struggle. And the Republican Party has solidified its role as democracy’s willing—and increasingly willful—executioner.
Over the past decade, the GOP has accelerated its attempts to rig election rules and ensure favorable outcomes. The party has adopted , , , , and even after losing elections. It has also used the U.S. Senate to
Dput —a method that allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference to ensure more democratic results—on the ballot
But there are limits to this state-based strategy. To tackle the worst anti-democracy laws—such as those in Georgia, Alabama, Texas, and Tennessee—federal policy is needed. This will require new, pro-democracy politicians in the Senate and in the White House. In this respect, 2020 will be a make-or-break election year.
In these developments lies a critical lesson: No matter how much Republican elites try to roll America back to a pre-civil-rights era, a courageous democracy movement can counter them. Recent anti-democratic trends have only pushed the citizenry to work harder, and pushed our democracy to reach its potential. There is more success to come; there is increasing reason to feel hopeful.